Now my question is assuming both the Braves and Red Sox miss the playoffs, how do either of these potential collapses compare to the Mets of 2007 or the Phillies in 1964? Is it even a comparision because both the Braves and Red Sox are wild card teams.
Personally I think the '64 Phillies were a bigger deal because I think it created more attention because of the division structure. With only one team making the playoffs in each league, there was no consulation to not winning the pennant. Remember, the '07 Mets still could have made the wild card if the Brewers lost. Before divisional play, it was almost impossible to "back in" to the playoffs. We have also seen many examples of teams not playing well going into the playoffs and catching fire in the postseason.
Also with these races so close, I think it will almost guarantee there will be some sort of expanded playoffs for next season. What about suggesting that the leagues go back to the old two-division/league set-up like the game was before 1969? Obviously that will never happen, but the best two teams would play in the World Series.